Monday, February 10, 2014
February 9, 2014 – Attack Monkeys? - Week 4 in Kuching
This week was pretty good.
Mom: What is Mee Sedap?
Elder Halpin: To answer your question, Mee Sedap is Malaysian “Top Raman.” The difference is that it is much tastier and is a fried noodle dish vs top raman which is a soup noodle dish. You can also fry in a pan with an egg or 2 to make it "Malaysian mee sedap" or you can discard the flavoring and eat it out of the pouch raw and it is called "lazy mans mee sedap."
Mom: Had some fun at church today. The fire alarm went off during the last talk. We all sat there looking stupid and then the Bishop told us to go outside. Turns out the Water's littlest one pulled the alarm! Anyway...we have now had our first church fire drill!
Elder Halpin: Also, you’re not the only one with interesting sacrament meetings, last week a kid barfed all over the floor in ours...
Katherine: Me and Virginia can go sledding on our knees without holding on. We can sled standing up on our seat, but it has to be a special sled to allow it to work. The Finnoe’s have two of them so we can both go at the same time…
Elder Halpin: Katherine that’s really cool about the sleds!
The snow sounds wondrous, sledding sounds pretty sick. Here it is a nice mixture of sun, rain and more sun. Other than a dusting on Mt Kinabalu every once in while the only time it snows in Malaysia is when you smash the birdie in badminton and feathers fall to the ground.
We were able to meet with Charlie and Andrew this week.
Charlie is doing well, he is progressing but slowly. He has a hard time understanding everything in Malay so we try to use as much Iban as possible and also to really explain everything.
Andrew is doing good too. We committed him to live the word of wisdom and we are helping him quit smoking. We committed him on Saturday and since he doesn't have a phone we won’t know how he is doing until we can meet him tomorrow. He was really excited to quit and we are praying for him to have the strength to do it.
On Sunday one of our members was unable to do his talk so I learned that I would be giving it halfway through the announcements section of sacrament meeting. It went pretty well anyway. I decided to give it on the meaning of repentance and the freedom it can give us. Repentance is change wrought over a period of time, when we truly repent we change. As we truly repent our hearts change until we have no more desire to do evil but to do good (Mosiah 5:2). When we are steadfast in this change of heart we can receive all the blessings of heaven in our lives and also receive Gods greatest gifts to us in the life to come (Mosiah 5:15).
Today we went to Bako. It was fun of course. We hiked to the same beach that we hiked to last time. When we were at said beach I was wading a bit and I looked over to the beach where my backpack was. What do you think I saw??? A monkey had unzipped my backpack and was rummaging through it. He took out the two empty water bottles and laid them nicely side by side on the sand and was proceeding to try and open my water proof pouch when I realized I probably needed to stop him.... Anyway Elder Poppleton and I followed him into the jungle and found a group of probably 10 or so. We proceeded to enter a cold war of hissing and growling at each other for territory which only ended when we realized we were outnumbered and that monkeys have awfully large teeth.... Realizing that maybe we didn’t really want a fight we vacated the premise...
I forgot my adapter... pictures next week.